|October 20, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||69:17||Macy Douglas (Molly Grant )|
|LIP||86:10||Maycie McKay (Hailey Eck )|
|Stats at a Glance||STE||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (2)||17 (10)|
NASHVILLE - The Lipscomb women’s soccer team defeated Stetson 2-0 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon in its final regular season home match.
The opening 10 minutes passed uneventfully, as neither side was able to hold onto possession.
Lipscomb created their best chance in the 10th minute when Maycie McKay broke away down the right wing and played in a cross to senior Olivia Doak, who smashed her shot off the post and out.
From there, another period of good defending and lack of possession from both teams ensued until the 39th minute, when Leah Cernicky tried a shot from near the midfield circle that ended up inches from the crossbar.
Moments later, Kristi Jones put a header on target that was saved by Hatters goalkeeper Lara Bates.
In the 42nd minute, defender Katia Hanger delivered an excellent long ball over the top of the defense to set up Molly Grant for a shot on goal, but Bates was once again equal to the shot as the first half ended in a 0-0 draw.
Stetson opened the second half brightly, taking two shots in the first three minutes, but didn’t trouble Bisons goalkeeper Melissa Gray.
From there, both sides tightened up defensively once more and attacking chances were limited.
In the 70th minute, Lipscomb finally found the breakthrough through with Macy Douglas. The freshman forward slid the ball past the goalkeeper on an assist from fellow freshman Molly Grant to put the Bisons up 1-0.
Stetson had their best opportunity to equalize in the 82nd minute as they earned a free kick just outside the box. Kate Carter’s shot went over the bar, and the Hatters were unable to find another opportunity to level the scores and force overtime.
In fact, it would be the Bisons to add another goal before the full time whistle. Maycie McKay scored in the 87th minute off a Hailey Eck assist to seal the victory at 2-0.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game even though Stetson's results haven't gone their way this year, we scouted them well and they have some really talented kids," head coach Kevin O'Brien said. "This was two good teams going at it and we created a few chances in the first half, but couldn't quite get that breakthrough. So it was a long haul, but we finally broke through with Macy Douglas, a freshman that's really coming into her own, scored a great goal and that really catapulted us to finishing the game on top."
- With the victory, the Bisons are now tied with FGCU at the top of the conference standings
- Lipscomb clinched a spot in the conference championship with its win over NJIT on Friday
- McKay's goal was her fifth of the season, which is tied for second on the team
- Douglas' goal was her third of the year
- Grant's assist was third this season
- Eck also recorded her third assist of the season
- Gray made two saves en route to her second-straight shutout
- Lipscomb outshot Stetson 17-7, with an 8-2 shots-on-goal advantage
- The Purple and Gold earned four corner kicks, while the Hatters earned three
- Delaney Peery was issued a yellow card for Stetson
Lipscomb will end the regular season and look for at least a share of the regular season title on the road with a match at North Alabama on Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Florence.